Police turn Ray McDonald domestic violence case over to district attorney
Police have completed their investigation into the domestic violence case involving San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald and handed the case over to prosecutors, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office announced.
The DA’s office said “prosecutors will review, decide whether or not to file criminal charges, or seek further investigation.”
According to KGO-TV, the investigation was complicated because McDonald called a San Jose police officer around the time that a 911 call was placed saying he abused his fiancee. The officer then came to the scene. That officer, KGO-TV reports, "works as security at 49ers games."
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It was unclear if [the officer] was on duty or off duty at the time, but police sources said he should not have gone to the home and that he should have advised McDonald to call 911 if he didn't.
McDonald, 30, was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Police say that McDonald was celebrating his birthday at his home with friends and 49ers teammates. When police arrived at the home, they said the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee, had “visible injuries.”
Police delayed two court hearings in the case last week because they had not completed their investigation.
The 49ers have allowed McDonald to practice and play while they wait for due process in the case. McDonald has 12 total tackles in four games this season for San Francisco (2-2). The 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) on Sunday.
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